20 years ago, students in Eastmont Junior High teacher Tammy Grubb's class processed the events of Sept. 11 by creating "found poetry," pulling words and phrases from the front pages of newspapers like the New York Times and rearranging them. Mrs. Grubb sent the poems to the NYT, where Sept. 11 reporter Serge Schmemann received them and thanked her. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, Serge teamed up with Wenatchee World reporter Mitchell Roland to reconnect with those students. 

Here, Mitchell describes his partnership with the NYT, and how he wrote the story. 

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